After a week of frequent thunderstorms often packed with lightning, Jefferson County was under a flash flood watch starting late Tuesday through Wednesday evening. The warning came as the remnants of Hurricane Ida’s southern landfall from the Gulf of Mexico were set to pass over the Eastern Panhandle onto its way toward the Atlantic. 

Anticipating up to six inches or more of heavy rain falling across the county, local emergency officials were warning residents to be wary of flooding in low-lying areas, according to the National Weather Service. Swollen streams and flooded roads were possible hazards motorists should look out for, said Bob Burner, the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency director. 

Burner said that the river at Shepherdstown is expected to reach 25 feet above flood stage. As a result, River Road along the Potomac could be underwater by Wednesday morning. “That not only has a potential for creating additional calls and difficulty accessing those folks, but when a road becomes unusable it hinders our access to everyone beyond that point,” he said. “That’s definitely a concern.”

“We’ve survived the last week OK,” he added. “But we’re definitely concerned about what’s coming the next few days.”

— Tim Cook


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